Minnesota Farmer

Green and growing
July 13, 2013, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Farm, Minnesota, rain, Soybeans | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Between plans for several days away from home and fast growing crops, it has been a bit hectic here in Southwestern Minnesota’s farm country.  The fact that we missed the recent deluge that covered areas east of here is for the moment going to help.

There has been an added bit of urgency, some of the weeds will not die when they are sprayed.  The reason is not fully clear, but it is possible that some of the weeds are developing a resistance to the chemicals we are using.  In our soybean field that is planted in 15 inch rows we had no alternative but to go to a different herbicide that will do more damage to the beans than our other methods.

Our soybeans planted in 30 inch rows get a dose of old school cultivation.100_1338We just have to drag some steel through between the rows and dig the weeds out.  So far this seems to be cleaning the weeds out.  I’ll give it a week and see it the weeds are all dead.

This is also the time of year that road ditch hay gets cut and baled.  This is the second year we have hired someone to bale up our ditch hay.  Rather than bale them into 45 pound rectangular bales, they are rolled into 1000 pound cylindrical bales.  With the net wrap and round sides the bales can be stored outside since most of the rain will shed off and not damage the hay.imagesIt really simplifies haying season and it removes most of the muscle work.  Now we move these big bales with a tractor rather than manhandling them in the hot humid weather we have been having.  It sure is easier on these aging bodies.  With hay prices still running high, it is really worth it to cut the road ditch grass for hay.

So far we have not suffered because of three nearly rainless weeks.  There are cracks starting to form in lawns and fields, but when you dig down there is still plenty of moisture.  As long as the 100 degree windy days stay away our crops can weather a lot.  So far the days in the mid 80’s and nights in the lower 70’s are just what we need to make up time for the late planting dates we had.  Corn and soybean roots have had plenty of time to reach down for water and nutrients and are looking good.

If I can get all of my jobs done I may even get a chance to do some fishing.




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